These courses have been specifically developed for those studying AS and A2 biology following the Edexcel specification to enable teachers to quickly and easily book a residential fieldtrip, safe in the knowledge that it will be directly related to work taught in the classroom and will contribute to achieving Edexcel specification requirements.
Achieving AS Edexcel specification requirements
At AS students will cover some of the ideas about variation, classification and biodiversity from Unit 2 - Topic 4: Biodiversity and natural resources.
The new specification places considerable emphasis on practical work (Unit 3a - Practical Biology and Research Skills). AS courses will use fieldwork to allow students to gain a strong understanding of How Science Works; through the development and practice of investigative skills and through the consideration of how scientific evidence may be used to assess people's impact on the environment.
There is considerable evidence that a fieldwork trip is a highlight of students' biology A-level. Therefore, offering a fieldwork experience at AS level may increase recruitment to A2 level.
Biodiversity and Natural Environments, 3 days3 day
Students will be introduced to ecological sampling and its use in assessing biodiversity. This course allows students to undertake a visit appropriate for use in Unit 3A: practical biology and research skills.READ MORE CASE STUDY CHECK AVAILABILITY
Achieving A2 Edexcel specification requirements
At A2 students will cover some of the content from Unit 4 - The natural environment and species survival. Conservation issues will be explored by students and linked to assessments of biodiversity.
The new specification places considerable emphasis on practical work (Unit 6a - Practical Biology and Investigative Skills). A2 programmes will use fieldwork to allow students to gain a strong understanding of How Science Works; through the development and practice of investigative skills and through the consideration of how scientific evidence may be used to assess people's impact on the environment.
By the end of each of our A2 programmes students will have developed the practical skills needed to carry out an Individual Investigation suitable for assessment under Unit 6a.
The Natural Environment and Individual Investigations8 day
This course covers the same content as the 5 day course but enables students to gain further practice in fieldwork and analytical techniques and to experience a wider range of habitats and organisms. There is also the opportunity to explore 'How Science Works' in more depth. Students will also carry out their individual investigation for Unit 6.READ MORE CASE STUDY CHECK AVAILABILITY